Alternative means of payment or regional/local currencies are a worldwide phenomenon. Here are a few examples. Most of them are issued by a central authority. Minuto, however, is organized decentrally.
Presentation in German on the need for free means of payment and the potential of Minuto.
The power of local currency
At TEDxBasel, Florence Siegenthaler proposes using a local currency to put the power back in the hands of our communities.
The power of complementary community currencies
At this TEDxLeiden event, Edgar Kampers talks about the potential of complementary community currencies.
There are several regional money projects in Brazil. The Palmas is a currency of a bank founded by the parish priest Joaqin de Melo in a ghetto on the outskirts of the large city of Fortaleza. The money is issued in the form of interest-free microloans.
Roue (Provence, France)
France also has regional currencies. Here, the concept is explained using the Roue as an example.
In southern Sardinia, the regional currency Sardex saved many companies through the financial crisis.
The Chiemgauer is the largest regional currency in Germany and has been around for several years.
Ithaca Hours (New York, USA)
Ithaca Hours is a local currency in Ithaca, New York and is the oldest and largest local currency system in the US that is still operating.
A growing number of small businesses across Utah are now accepting what are called “goldbacks“ - a local currency that's been gaining attention during the pandemic.